Camel Illegally Slaughtered in Front of Thousands During Bakrid

For Immediate Release:

5 September 2017



Meet Ashar; [email protected]

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

PETA India Urges State Police to Prosecute the Culprits to Fullest Extent of the Law, Order Psychiatric Evaluation and Counselling

Varanasi – Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India fired off a letter to the Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh calling for the seven families who slaughtered a camel in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday during Bakrid to be punished to the fullest extent of the law and to receive psychiatric evaluations and counselling. The killing reportedly occurred on a busy street in broad daylight in front of thousands of people, many of whom then collected the slain animal’s blood. In the letter, PETA India points out that under The Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, camels cannot be killed for meat and that inflicting unnecessary pain or suffering when slaughtering an animal for food is also a punishable offence under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as well as under Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code. The letter also notes that The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, and The Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, require that animals be slaughtered only in facilities registered with the appropriate authorities.

“It is shocking and unacceptable that this camel was surrounded by a murderous mob and illegally sacrificed, yet the police have taken no action,” PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar says. “PETA India is calling for an investigation into this heinous crime and for the perpetrators to face swift justice before they are able to harm another animal.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often don’t stop there. Many of them move on to hurting other animals or humans. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appears in the backgrounds of serial rapists and murderers, and in a study of battered women, nearly 60 per cent said that their partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.

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